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Dr. Abdul Raufu Mustapha, 1954-2017

The Centre of African Studies is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Abdul Raufu Mustapha of the University of Oxford.

 As a scholar, Professor Mustapha was a brilliant and highly influential contributor on various important topics, such as ethnicity, identity, democratisation, and rural societies.  We have been honoured to host Professor Mustapha in Edinburgh on various occasions, most recently at our annual conference in 2015, and a seminar later that same year.

Equally notable as his scholarship was his immense value as a colleague, mentor, and friend.  Professor Mustapha was extremely generous with his time, consistently supporting junior scholars and students, as well as making highly valued contributions to various African scholarly networks.

We hope to offer a fuller appreciation of Professor Mustapha’s life and work in future, but for now we send our sincere condolences to Professor Mustapha’s family, friends, and colleagues.  In particular, our deepest sympathies go to his wife, Dr Kate Meagher – herself a valued friend and colleague of CAS – and their two children, Asma’u and Seyi.

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